Jason Day has top odds entering The Barclays at Bethpage Black

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In 2015, Jason Day won The Barclays by six strokes, but this year’s opener of the FedEx Cup playoffs will be contested at the daunting Bethpage Black course.

Bethpage, located in Farmingdale, New York, typically plays the toughest of any course used for The Barclays. The 7,468-yard par-71 layout will boast narrow fairways and fast greens, putting a premium on hitting fairways and achieving greens in regulation. Day is listed as the favorite at +750, with Dustin Johnson drawing in at +900 and Rory McIlroy at +1000.

Day will be playing for the first time since the PGA Championship, where he finished as the runner-up after handling the scrutiny and extra attention that comes with being defending champion. That part of his mental game, along with the three-week break, could help Day going into the tournament.

Johnson finished third at the 2012 Barclays at Bethpage Black. Johnson missed the cut at the PGA Championship, but prior to that had earned seven top-12 finishes in a row, including his U.S. Open and Bridgestone Invitational victories.

McIlroy has been inconsistent in 2016, with two missed cuts in majors.

Justin Rose (+2200 on The Barclays odds) and Henrik Stenson (+1200) captured the Olympic gold and silver medals last week in Rio de Janeiro. Of course, that tournament was on a links course, and Rose being 149th on the tour in driving accuracy percentage is a red flag.

Stenson, who won the British Open before getting on the Olympic podium for Sweden, is having a big year, but there’s always the question of how long he can sustain his great run.

The tournament is also the last opportunity for golfers to play their way into consideration for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Bubba Watson (+3300) is outside of an automatic qualification spot, so he has incentive to play well, on top of the momentum from his eighth-place finish while representing the United States in Rio.

Rickie Fowler (+4000) is in the top five of the PGA in strokes gained from tee to green. That kind of efficiency will come to the fore at an event where birdies could be hard to come by. Fowler needs a strong result to rate a Ryder Cup spot.

Another longshot on the golf betting lines at the sportsbooks with a great value price is the 23-year-old Argentine, Emiliano Grillo (+8000). Grillo is in the top 20 in the PGA in driving accuracy, while also being long off the tee. Being long and straight will be paramount this weekend.

The top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings after The Barclays move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Labor Day weekend.

Jordan Spieth becomes youngest American to win The Open

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Leaderboard: Spieth (-12), Kuchar (-9), Haotong Li (-6), Rory McIlroy (-5), Cabrera Bello (-5), Matthew Southgate (-4), Marc Leishman (-4), Alex Noren (-4)

The champion golfer of the year: The win gives Spieth his 11th career victory, his third major championship, and the third leg of the career grand slam. He did not make it easy on himself. Spieth squandered his three-shot lead in four holes and went to the back nine tied with Kuchar at 8 under after going out in 3-over 37. Still tied at 8 under through 12, Spieth played one of the most unforgettable holes in golf history at 13. After sailing his drive into a dune, he took an unplayable, walked onto the adjacent practice area, took relief from the parked equipment trailers and somehow – over the course of a half hour – made bogey. Seemingly refocused and re-energized by the ordeal, he followed up with a birdie the par-3 14th and an eagle the par-5 15th and another birdie at the par-4 16th to take a two-shot lead with two to play. Thanks to yet another birdie at 17 and a par at 18, Spieth played his final five holes in 5 under to win by three – the same margin he started with on Sunday. He is now just one of two players – along with Jack Nicklaus – to win his third different major before the age of 24. He will have his first chance to complete the slam in three weeks at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

The runner-up: While Spieth performed his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine, Kuchar made four birdies and three bogeys en route to a steady, workmanlike 1-under 69. This is the 39-year-old’s best ever finish in a major and his fourth career major top-5. In the last year, Kuchar has walked away with both an Olympic bronze medal and The Open’s silver salver.

Round of the day: Li fired the 32nd round of 63 in major championship history to go from 12 shots back to start the day to solo third. Li was bogey-free Sunday and birdied each of his final four holes. The 21-year-old 107th-ranked player in the world just earned his first Masters invite.

Best of the rest: Aaron Baddeley posted 6 under, but McIlroy, Leishman and Southgate all used rounds of 65 to finish in the top 10. Southgate, who overcame cancer two years ago, has made it into the field via Final Qualifying the last two years in a row, but won’t need to worry about doing so next year. His T-6 finish exempts him into The 2018 Open at Carnoustie.

Shot of the day: Spieth’s eagle at the 15th to retake the lead he’d never again relinquish.

Drop of the day: Spieth’s European vacation at 13

Branden Grace becomes first man to shoot 62 in a major at The Open

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SOUTHPORT, England – Branden Grace has recorded the first 62 in a men’s major championship, torching a defenseless Royal Birkdale on Saturday afternoon at The Open.

Previously, 29 players had shot 63 in a major championship (31 rounds), but no one had gone any lower in a men’s major.

Grace shot 8 under on the par-70 links and didn’t make a bogey. He put himself in position for the record with a two-putt birdie from 35 feet on the par-5 17th.


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The previous low round at Birkdale was 63, shot by Jodie Mudd in the final round of the 1991 Open. On Friday, in blustery conditions, Birkdale surrendered just eight under-par scores all day.

With temperatures in the mid-60s and little wind, Grace went out in 29 and then added birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to close in on one of the most hallowed marks in golf. He drained a 40-footer on 16 for an unlikely birdie, then tacked on another birdie on 17. His two-putt par, from behind the green, on the final hole secured his place in the history books.